An internal audit criticizes the management of the two SNCB branches
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
An internal audit done between 2010 and 2014 looked into Eurostation and Euro Immo Star, the two branches of the SNCB tasked with developing stations. The audit slammed problem operations that cost the railway operator at least several hundred thousand euros. The large projects they started (“Masterplans”) to help renovate well-known stations have been particularly criticized for their lack of transparency, Le Soir magazine and RTL Info reported on Tuesday evening. The audit says the accounting procedures for large urban renovation projects around the stations “do not protect against irregular payments, payments made to the wrong account, or incorrect bills”. Some transactions were made to accounts where the holder wasn’t named.
Eurostation also spent 1 million euros on sponsoring shares and communication without the administration council being informed. The town of Hasselt was used as an example: several sports clubs in the town were given 270,000 euros in ten years, without any sort of contract.